Question: Colonoscopy/Sigmoidoscopy Frequency?

Introduction to Mike:

22 year old, Jewish, male, New Yorker (Manhattanite, born and bred), entering my last semester of college. Looking to get into the sports world – I aspire to be the General Manager of the New York Football Giants or New York Hockey Rangers. Haha

Colitis Symptoms:

Bowel frequency (I go 3-7 times a day)
Cramps and stomach discomfort
Kidney Stones (as a result of UC)

Mike’s Colitis Story:

Hey guys,

I was just curious how frequently you guys have colonoscopies and/or sigmoidoscopies (mainly directed towards the people who haven’t had any surgery for UC). Do you have one every 6 months? Every year? Every 3 years? 10 years? Or do you not have one until you feel like you’re regressing? As most of us know, a colonoscopy (particularly, the prep) is not the most fun thing in the world and a sigmoidoscopy is not much better (though, at least we don’t have to fast and we don’t have to spend all night on the toilet). They’re both pains in the asses (pun intended) so I was wondering how often you guys get one and how often your GI wants one. Personally, I feel that if you’re somewhat symptom-free and living a normal life (albeit, on medication for UC), there’s no need to have a frequent colonoscopy. It depends on the severity. Maybe every 3-5 years? Or not even…Maybe they should only be for the ones who are suffering greatly from UC, or the eld erly with weakened immune systems. Then again, I’m no doctor and I’m a nervous nelly. I will admit, however, I dread going for another colonoscopy. I already have two sigmoidoscopies and one colonoscopy and they were nightmares. I had my first colonoscopy in December. The stuff you need to drink? Disgusting! I threw up twice from it. And you can’t eat! And you’re butt is so raw at the end of the night from all the pooping…hurts like hell. I want to avoid getting either one at all costs, but my health is the most important thing to me and I don’t want to put myself at a bigger risk by not having a yearly colonoscopy or whatever. At the same time, I don’t want to put my body and my psyche through the torture of it if it’s not necessary.

subway colonoscopy comic

Side-question, is there such thing as a fat person with UC? What about an extremely fit person (like a bodybuilder/model type) with UC? I’ve never seen either one. Haha

Where I’d like to be in 1 year:

Cured. Hopefully, they will find a cure to UC sooner rather than later (and I am hopeful and confident they will because many people with UC are already living a symptom-free life and haven’t had their intestines/colon removed)

Colitis Medications:

Asacol HD – 3 800 MG pills in the morning

Florastor – 1 in the morning, 1 at night

written by Mike from NYC

submitted in the colitis venting area

2 thoughts on “Question: Colonoscopy/Sigmoidoscopy Frequency?”

  1. In the past year, I’ve had a colonoscopy (diagnosis for UC), flex sig (January), and another flex sig (June). My UC however was active and responding strangely to medication so my doc needed to go look to see if my disease was “active” or not.

    I think if you are not flaring, the recommended time for a colonoscopy is once every two years. However, during my last flex sig my GI found a polyp that had formed in the last six months. She recommended having ANOTHER colonoscopy within six months of my previous flex sig (so it would have been a little over a year since the last colonoscopy). So, in summary I think…

    If symptoms – as needed with flex (if you are left side only), and as needed with colonoscopy (with pancolotis)
    If strange results previously – as needed
    If symptom free – colonsocopy ever two years.

    And to answer your question about fat UC’er – yup. We’re out there. I was slightly overweight when I started experiencing symptoms and through the disease progression, highly limited physical activity, steroids, etc. I have gained 60 pounds :(.

  2. last year i had 3 colonoscopies and 2 endoscopies. this year, i am having one colonoscopy next week. some doctors are really inexperienced and are obsessed with looking at your butt because they don’t understand how to treat you. that’s what i think of ALL my doctors. pure idiots for putting me through this while i’m in flares.

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